It’s one thing to have unconditional love and compassion toward a friend or loved one, and another thing to redefine marriage for the whole nation. Public policy is the force of law. Civil libertarians who are jumping aboard the “gay marriage” bandwagon might want to stop and consider why this will lead to less freedom and more government.
Sundered by no-fault divorce and co-habitation, marriage as a “genderless” institution will lose even more legitimacy and contribute less to stability, prosperity and self-sufficiency. As nuclear families fail, government grows to pick up the pieces – and to enforce the new reality.
Which brings us to the bigger picture. The Left’s drive for “gay rights” poses the greatest domestic threat to the freedoms of religion, speech and assembly. When traditional morality is equated with racist bigotry, civil rights enforcement becomes a gun aimed at the head of citizens, forcing them to choose between God and Caesar. That should never happen in America, where our Founders said rights come from our Creator, not capricious man, who can mistake fashion for morality.
In Massachusetts, which legalized same-sex “marriage” in 2004, public schools openly entice children to try homosexual behavior despite well-documented health risks. Penalties are enforced against dissenters. People are losing jobs. Catholic Charities, the largest Massachusetts provider of foster homes for orphans, closed its doors rather than give up placing children only in married, mother-father homes. Tyranny is masquerading as enlightenment.
Cases are piling up across the nation. Counselors are being denied certification. Christian wedding photographers in New Mexico were hauled to court and fined for declining to shoot a lesbian ceremony. A college official who merely signed a petition in Maryland to place marriage on a state ballot was suspended. The Boy Scouts have been pushed out of United Way chapters and denied corporate funding. Mayors of major cities have told Chick-fil-A that the fast-food chain is evil because its founder defends marriage as the union of a man and a woman. In D.C., the Family Research Council, thanks to courageous security guard Leo Johnson, narrowly avoided a mass murder by a shooter who cited as motive the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) slanderous designation of FRC as a “hate group.”
In New Jersey, the SPLC is suing Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH), under consumer fraud law. They contend that no one can overcome this particular temptation, despite ample evidence to the contrary.
In California, legislators passed a law making it criminal for parents to take their children to counselors for help in overcoming unwanted same-sex desires – even children who have been molested. A court has enjoined it for now, but is this still America, land of the free and home of the brave?
Yet, conservatives, the GOP and even the Tea Parties are told they must bow before this increasingly intolerant movement. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Lady Gaga and the Democratic Party embrace same-sex “marriage,” so it must advance conservative principles, right?
Laurie Higgins, a perceptive writer for the Illinois Family Institute, asks this question:
“What if Portman’s son had announced he was bisexual or polyamorous? Would Portman then seek to have the government recognize plural unions as marriages? … Imagine if everyone decided that the ‘Bible’s overarching themes of love and compassion’ and the ‘belief that we’re all children of God’ compel us to affirm all the feelings, beliefs, and life choices of our loved ones. …The truth is, it is entirely possible to deeply love people while finding their feelings, beliefs, and life choices disordered or false. In this wildly diverse world, most of us do it all the time.”
Instead, we’re being asked to repeal reality, which is an unreasonable and dangerous request.